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Michigan House Incumbents At Risk

Aug 5, 2014

Mainstream GOP fights for House seats in Michigan  

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Backed by outside groups and their own fortunes, two insurgent Republicans are trying to knock off a pair of incumbent House members in Michigan's primary.     But it's not what you think.

These challengers are more at home in the party's establishment. Both are wealthy, business-oriented candidates looking to knock out tea party-backed conservatives.

In suburban Detroit, lawyer Dave Trott is targeting Representative Kerry Bentivolio, a former reindeer farmer, teacher and auto designer viewed by some as an "accidental" congressman.

In western Michigan, Grand Rapids investment adviser Brian Ellis faces libertarian-leaning, two-term Representative,  Justin Amash. He's known for sparring with House GOP leadership and fiercely opposing National Security Agency surveillance of Americans.